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Address: Custer, SD

Located at Custer State Park, this lake offers fishing, swimming and a...

Located at Custer State Park, this lake offers fishing, swimming and a nearby campground.

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Great Area to Swim, Fish, Kayak or Paddle Board

Sort of a hidden gem at Custer State Park. Beautiful setting with a small beach and multiple locations around the lake for a picnic.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Rapid City, United States
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Rapid City, United States
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sort of a hidden gem at Custer State Park. Beautiful setting with a small beach and multiple locations around the lake for a picnic.

Thank O8428UXdougm
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

This place is a must visit! The beauty, a great place to fish, canoe, kayak, etc. I have no clue why I have never visited before! Should be on everyone's vacation or bucket list!

Thank Angela S
Oak View, California
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 17 September 2016

What a beautiful little lake. It was perfect for me, a first time kayaker. The water was clear and nary a ripple. My sister gave me a quick tutorial on kayaking and then we spend a couple hours of peaceful bliss. while my brother-in-law caught trout from shore Perfect afternoon!!

Thank girlinojai
Livermore, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 233 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016

You are in the Black Hills, enjoy and see everything. This is another example of the natural beauty.

Thank M Richard M
Madison, Wisconsin
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309 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2016

Through the Custer Park activities, we saw that Center Lake had fishing (9:30AM-11:30AM) and canoeing (1-3PM) facilitated by park staff. It was fantastic to have someone else bring the bait, poles, and equipment at no additional charge. While Center Lake wasn't the most picturesque of Custer State Park's lakes, it was lovely and we enjoyed the opportunity to fish and... More 

Thank Puddle_Jumper_2010
Denver, Colorado
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121 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

We loved the lake, beautiful setting but eating a picnic lunch while chasing off biting flies wasn't easy. Also, if you are anywhere near the beach it is quite loud. In fairness, it was a scorching hot day and it was the height of the tourist season but not very peaceful. Side note: there were no biting flies at Sylvan... More 

Thank Wendy J
Lodi, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016

We loved this spot! It was a nice place for us to come and chill out for a while in the heat. The kids were able to swim in the crystal clear water and play in the cool sand on the beach, and the adults could sit nearby at a picnic table and watch/read/enjoy. Smallish beach, but it wasn't crowded.... More 

Thank Jenn S
Rapid City, South Dakota
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Reviewed 16 July 2016

We have stopped in twice now. There is a beach where you can chill, and swim with two new nice shelters to rest under. There are only pit toilets. You can try out a canoe for a short time on tuesdays from 1 to 3 pm. We did that, and it was a fun quick jaunt around the lake.

Thank plains16
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Reviewed 26 September 2015 via mobile

This was by far one of our favorite spots in Custer State Park! It is a relatively small lake, but it was extremely clear and beautiful! We did some hiking around the lake and fishing. We caught a few small trout, but we did not keep them. Our highlight was fishing near the dam then walking back behind the dam... More 

3 Thank Jennie F
Fort Smith, Arkansas
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Reviewed 19 September 2015

Most of the campgrounds in Custer State Park seemed to be oriented mainly for RV's and are too open and unshaded for my taste but the Center Lake campground has lots of tall pines and shade and a pretty little lake. The showers were a nice bonus!

1 Thank H2Owl

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